KDF kills 31 Al-Shabaab terrorists in Somalia
31 Al-Shabaab militants were yesterday killed by Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) operating in Somalia in air and ground raids that saw warfare and communication equipment seized.
The defence forces under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) conducted a successful raid and destruction on two Al-Shabaab command and logistics bases in Baadhere District in Jubaland, Somalia.
An unknown number of the group’s terrorists escaped with injuries as two of their vehicles were destroyed in the raids. 11 AK-47 rifles, 4 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and 634 rounds of assorted ammunition were seized from the terrorist outfit, KDF spokesman Colonel Joseph Owuoth said in a statement released today.
Several uniforms and a roll of detonating cable were also recovered from the operation.
“The intelligence led operation was executed by air and ground assets. Ground troops were supported by attack helicopters and artillery fire to acess the Al Shabaab terrorists base,” Col Owuoth said.
Besieged Tiaty MP Asman Kamama ditches Jubilee party
Embattled Tiaty MP Asman Kamama has ditched Jubilee Party for Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua’s Maendeleo Chap Chap Party.
For weeks, Kamama has fought claims that he had ditched Jubilee Party after pressure piled on him to resign from his position as National Assembly Security committee chairman to pave way for investigations.
Terming the defection claims as Propaganda by his opponents, Kamama diclsoed last week that his documents were at Jubilee party were intact and that he was not planning to leave President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party.
“I am firmly rooted in Jubilee and I am very confident that I will win the August election and serve my people for a fourth term,” Kamama told a local newspaper.
Treasury denies it received Sh28 billion loan from UAE
The National Treasury has dismissed claims that Kenya has took a Sh28 billion concessional loan from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as propaganda.
Speaking during a ceremony today where China donated food worth Sh2.2 billion to mitigate the ongoing drought crisis, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said claims that the country was the beneficiary of the multi-billion shilling loan is pure hearsay.
“We have not signed any Sh28 billion concessional loan with UAE. The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) management is running the terminal effectively,” Rotich said.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga yesterday said that officials in the government had vested interests in the awarding of tender to the Arab nation to run the Kipevu Oil terminal in Mombasa that was not worthy.
Raila said that the tender awarding to Dubai World, was linked to the Sh28 billion secured by Kenya from the UAE that was meant to streamline the ease of awarding the lucrative bid.
According to Raila the loan was a mechanism derived to influence the awarding of the tender to the Dubai port which he claimed failed to win the tender competitively and was defeated by 12 other port operator from the globe including Netherlands, China and Singapore.
However the NASA principal’s assertions were rebuffed by KPA Chairman Marsden Madoka who insisted that the terminal had not been assigned to any prospective bidder.
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